Journey of an active woman
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Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, born Dominique Claudine Nouvian is the First Lady of Côte d'Ivoire. Ivorian of French origin, she was born on December 16, 1953 in Constantine, and is the wife of Doctor Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire Mrs. Dominique Ouattara is the mother of two children.

Studies

1989: Diploma of Expertise in Real Estate in Paris (France)
1987: Diploma of FNAIM Property Administrator (France)
1975: DEUG in languages ​​option economics at the University of Paris X (France)
1972: Baccalaureate in Economics from the Academy of Strasbourg (France)

Professionnal career

Mrs. Dominique Ouattara , has enjoyed a distinguished career as a business leader, particularly in the real estate industry.

In fact, in 1979, she was CEO of AICI International Group, real estate company which brings together agencies in Africa and Europe.

In 1993, a management firm of condominium manager, "Malesherbes Gestion" , which manages more than 200 Parisian buildings, completes the expansion of the AICI International Group.

In 1996, she was appointed CEO of EJD Inc., a company that manages the Jacques Dessange Institute in Washington. In 1998, she acquired the Jacques Dessange franchises in the United States and then became CEO of French Beauty Services which manages all the brand's American franchises, hairdressing schools and the distribution of Dassange products.

Following the election to the Presidency of the Republic of Mr. Alassane Ouattara in 2011 and in accordance with the campaign commitments he made, Mrs. Dominique OUATTARA resigns from all her professional functions to devote herself exclusively to her role of First Lady of Côte d'Ivoire and his Children of Africa Foundation.

Social actions

Very involved for two decades in humanitarian action, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara materialized her social commitment in 1998, by creating the Children of Africa Foundation who works in 11 African countries and particularly in the Ivory Coast. From then on, she set up a real multinational organization, with several volunteers and generous souls, eager to relieve the most disadvantaged children on the African continent. Twenty years after its creation, the Children of Africa Foundation continues its humanitarian action in favor of children.

Around his Cabinet and his Foundation, his actions materialize :

In the fight against child labor

Committed to the elimination of the worst forms of child labor in Côte d'Ivoire in all areas of economic life, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara has been appointed to head the National Monitoring Committee for actions to combat trafficking, exploitation and child labor (CNS), on November 03, 2011 by the President of the Republic. To this end, it is working with national and international partners for the elimination of this scourge in Côte d'Ivoire and without the West African sub-region.

The mission of this committee is to monitor and evaluate the actions of the Government in the fight against the exploitation of children. The activities of the CNS and its partners have led to the successive adoption of two National Action Plans (2012-2014 then 2015-2017), to significantly reduce the worst forms of child labor in the country. The third (2017-2019) is in progress.

The most recent project of the Madame Dominique Ouattara Foundation consists of the construction of three transit centers for children , in the towns of Soubré, Ferkessédougou and Bouaké (Ivory Coast), in order to come to the aid of children formerly victims of trafficking, and torn from the hands of traffickers. These transit centers will provide the assistance and protection necessary for the balance and reintegration of children while they rejoin their respective families. The first of them, opened in Soubré in April 2018.

In the same vein, and thanks to the intervention of Mrs. Dominique Ouattara with the International Labor Office , a list of hazardous work , and another from light work allowed for children aged 13 to 17, have been established. This is indeed the sign of significant progress in this fight, which has notably earned Côte d'Ivoire, to be favorably reclassified by the United States in the list of countries making considerable efforts to eradicate this struggle, phenomenon.

Madame Dominique Ouattara, also favored the involvement of other First Ladies on this theme, notably during the Conference of West African and Sahelian First Nations held in Abidjan in November 2017 .

In the health sector

Mrs. Dominique Ouattara also pays particular attention to health, with an increased commitment to the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and for the promotion of pediatric treatment, a mission for which UNAIDS has distinguished him and appointed Special Ambassador .

Its membership in associations bringing together First Ladies in favor of the fight against AIDS such as : the Organization of African First Ladies against AIDS (OPDAS) in 2011 and the African Synergy Association , as well as its participation in meetings of the First Ladies in Deauville (France), in Bamako (Mali), in Accra (Ghana), and in other major events in the world, testify to its commitment to fight against the pandemic .

In this context, she leads numerous pleas in favor of the organizations involved in this cause, and works to strengthen the technical platform of health establishments, particularly maternities. .

In addition, several public health campaigns, in favor of the most disadvantaged, organized by the Children of Africa Foundation, have made it possible to vaccinate, deworm and examine the eyes of many children free of charge. Several thousand of them have even received corrective lenses or an intervention entirely free of charge.

Mrs. Dominique Ouattara also initiated the construction of a hospital with 130 beds and places dedicated to Mother and Child , with a view to contributing to the reduction of maternal, neonatal, infant and juvenile mortality and morbidity. Built on a plot of four and a half hectares, the Mother-Child Hospital of Bingerville has in addition to its various advanced services, a pediatric oncology wing. The level 5 health facility opened its doors to the public in March 2018, on the 20th anniversary of the Children of Africa Foundation. Those are 25 billion FCFA , including 18 billion FCFA in construction and 7 billion FCFA for equipment, which were allocated to the realization of this project, financed by the generous donors of the Foundation.

For the empowerment of women

Firmly believing in the economic potential of women, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara created in 2012, with the support of her husband, the Support Fund for Women of Côte d'Ivoire (FAFCI), to finance their micro-projects. The objectives of this fund are to empower women and strengthen their entrepreneurial capacities. The FAFCI is accessible to all women in Côte d'Ivoire without any distinction. To date, FAFCI has 215,000 beneficiaries throughout Côte d'Ivoire, with a return on investment that has enabled the distribution of more than 30 billion CFA francs.

To this must be added direct support to women's groups in agricultural equipment and inputs.

Help with schooling and other social actions

In 2018, Mrs. Dominique OUATTARA created the Case des Enfants which is the home of the Children of Africa Foundation for orphans, children in distress and street children.

Each year, the Children of Africa Foundation organizes a Christmas Tree at the Presidential Palace which brings together 3000 children from all walks of life. Christmas trees are also organized across the country.

One of the major actions of the Children of Africa Foundation is the granting of 16 reception centers for vulnerable children across Africa.

In addition, in Côte d'Ivoire, the Foundation has built three centers for children in distress. Those of Soubré and Ferké are transit centers intended for the fight against trafficking, exploitation and child labor. That of Bouaké is a center for the reintegration of minors.

In the field of education

The Foundation built a high school in the city of Kong in 2000 and a school of excellence in the municipality of Abobo in 2020 .

To encourage and facilitate access to education for the most disadvantaged, at the start of each school year, the Foundation organizes distributions of school kits to several thousand schoolchildren. The Children Of Africa Foundation is also setting up libraries and multimedia centers across the country. It also brings reading to students everywhere in Ivory Coast through bookmobiles which are buses converted into libraries.

Honorary distinctions

  • February 27, 2020 Outstanding First Lady trophy from the AFRICAN FORUM OF WOMEN LEADERS (FAFEL).

  • July 31, 2019, African Women's Award of Excellence awarded by the African Union and UN WOMEN.
  • On March 29, 2019, Ms. Dominique Ouattara received an award from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in favor of her actions to protect children and empower women.
  • On 1er September 2018: Integration as a member of the HEC Paris Advisory Board for a 4-year term
  • On May 14, 2018, Ms. Dominique Ouattara received the CNP Special Award for Excellence at its 9th Edition, awarded by the President of the National Press Authority. Since the 1980s, until today, Mrs. Dominque Ouattara has always supported the press in Côte d'Ivoire.
  • On March 5, 2018, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara received the All Africa Honorary Award for her commitment to women's leadership a commitment that she realizes in particular through her Children Of Africa foundation.
  • On September 21, 2017, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, First Lady of Côte d'Ivoire, received the "Global Impact Leadership Awards" from the "Center of Economic and Leadership Development" for her action in favor of the fight against child labor and the empowerment of Women
  • On September 12, 2017, Ms. Dominique Ouattara was elevated to the rank of Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Portugal, for her numerous charitable actions in Africa, by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.  
  • In 2016, Ms. Ouattara was awarded the "US - Africa Business Center Outstanding Leader's" by the American Chamber of Commerce for her commitment and humanitarian actions in favor of women entrepreneurship.
  • On December 18, 2014 in Abidjan: Distinction in the rank of UNAIDS Special Ambassador for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of AIDS
  • On March 14, 2013 in Abidjan: Distinction in the Lebanese National Order of Merit in the rank of Grand Cordon.
  • On July 19, 2012 in Washington D. C: World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) Award for his commitment to the well-being of children.
  • January 26, 2012 in Paris: Commander of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic by President Nicolas Sarkozy.
  • On December 06, 2011 in Abidjan : Distinction in the Ivorian National Order, at the rank of Commander, by Mrs. Henriette Dagri Diabaté, Grand Chancellor of the Republic.
  • On February 16, 2011 : Guest of honor at the meeting of the First Ladies of the Crans Montana Forum. There she receives the great distinction of the Prize of the Crans Montana Foundation, for her actions in favor of solidarity, democracy and peace. This prize is presented to her by Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director General of Unesco.  
  • May 27, 2009 : Officer of the Order of Merit of Solidarity. Decoration received for charitable actions of social relief and humanitarian assistance, initiated by his organization since its creation.
  • On Saturday, May 24, 2008 in Abidjan : Prix International Panafricain ICS 2007-2008 in her capacity as President of the Children of Africa Foundation, thebest President of a Charity Structure in West Africa for her actions in education, training and assistance to underprivileged children and women in difficulty.
  • On April 11, 2000, in Venice: At the annual Gala organized by the American consulting firm Star Group to award the trophies "The Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World", Ms. Ouattara was elected by a jury of bankers, bosses and journalists, "Best Businesswoman of the Year 2000."
  • In 1989, Mrs. Dominique Nouvian Ouattara was elected Honorary President of the Chambre Syndicale des Agents Immobiliers de Côte d'Ivoire (CSDAIM). 
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